This is “take two” because WordPress ate my first version of this post. I’m still not sure how that happened. Be assured that Take One was much more clever than this edition.
I’ve been kind of letting my kitchen table get away from me. It’s a work space, not an eating space, but there wasn’t even space to work on it anymore. And the more stuff that got piled on it, the more I put off the job of cleaning it.
But today I’m making the Big Batch of Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs, and I need that work surface. In less than ten minutes, I’d removed all the extra stuff and placed it where it really belonged.
Why is it so hard to get that job done? Less than ten minutes, and the satisfaction is huge. I want to dress the table up with my favorite vintage tablecloth, but that’ll have to wait until I’m done rolling meatballs.
Author Cynthia T. Toney shared one of my recipes at her book blog! Check it out here: Teens, Create Some Kitchen Magic! I modified Big Brother’s recipe so Little Brother, who has significantly less kitchen experience, could cook it on his own. Try this one at home!
Little Brother was in a show last week (he played the King in Once Upon a Mattress, which I guess makes me the Queen Mother) and I had to help with the sale of concessions. I found myself in one of those “nobody wants to be in charge” situations and wound up working the concession stand for all 4 performances. I saw more than my share of mompetition among Stage Mothers (especially Stage Mothers With Daughters, which made me glad that Middle Sister was the Stage Manager Extraoirdinaire for her theater pursuits.)
I did manage to get through 4 performances and 2 cast parties without too much social anxiety, but by the time Set Strike rolled around, I was done. After two hours of vacuuming the theater with a 50-pound commercial vacuum that lacked power steering, I pulled an Irish exit. That might not have been my classiest move ever, but at that point I’d had more than enough of sweetly-dueling Stage Mothers. I’m going to chalk it up in the Mental-Health Victory column.